Sharon Bialek has a lot of courage. She wants to give a face to the women allegedly sexually harassed by presidential hopeful Herman Cain. She’s an exceedingly attractive woman, but I noticed that the national media has opted to publish the most unflattering photos of her. The one I’m using is the best of a very bad lot of photos which capture her looking like a bitter shrew ~ the taint that is cast on smart women who dare suggest that some creepy, powerful guy’s sexual advances were most definitely not welcome.
You want a job, right?
– Herman Cain
Herman Cain’s prior employers paid off other women to keep quiet about his penchant for making offensive power grabs on the private parts of female executives. Even though there are now four of these women who have dared assert their right to have just one professional track (rather than be compelled to join the world’s “oldest profession” pro bono ~ to be another executive perk like a corner office), the media still questions the veracity of their charges.
Meanwhile, I’m not hearing any suggestions that the private lives of the boys and men who former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky allegedly sexually molested be invaded to prove to a prurient press that he engaged in sexual harassment.
Coaches and players have violated women for decades without rebuke so long as they won. Boys will boys. . .until the plays were on boys and men.
When I was in law school, my legal writing instructor assigned us a moot court case of homosexual sexual harassment based loosely on a real-life case of sexual harassment in a law firm. She wisely assessed that my male classmates wouldn’t get it unless they were forced to contemplate unwelcome sexual advances from a creepy boss.
Herman Cain thinks we should focus on important issues like the economy. Ironic. The Republicans had a different point of view when they were persecuting former Pres. Bill Clinton for sexual harassment of a naive White House intern. Sexual harassment was similarly permissible behavior when Clarence Thomas ~ the guy who ran the government agency (EEOC) that was supposed to prosecute sexual harassment ~ had Anita Hill as his target.
It takes a lot of guts for an aspiring female executive to make allegations of sexual harassment. Attorneys, the media, and his buddies will slice her and dice her until she wishes she’d never been born. In the end, the man in the position of power experiences a lot of frost in his own bedroom, but he walks away essentially unscathed. His humiliation and shame are most often borne by his wife.